• At Venice fest, 'Spotlight' exposes sex abuse by priests

    Yesterday

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — Thomas McCarthy wants Pope Francis to go to the movies. Specifically, the American director would like the pontiff to see his new film "Spotlight," a fact-based expose of sexual abuse by priests and its cover-up by the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Boston. The movie, which stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as Boston Globe reporters and Stanley Tucci as a campaigning lawyer, premieres Thursday at the Venice Film Festival. McCarthy said he was excited and apprehensive about holding the film's public debut in overwhelmingly Catholic Italy — though he doesn't expect to be getting rave reviews from the church. "I expect no reaction" from the Vatican, he said. "I would lo

  • Modigliani nude masterpiece could bring $100M at NYC auction

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — A painting of a female nude by Amedeo Modigliani (ah-mah-DAY'-oh moh-deel-YAH'-nee) that caused a scandal nearly a century ago is going on the auction block for the first time. "Reclining Nude" was created in 1917 to 1918. It will be the highlight of Christie's Nov. 9 New York sale. The work's presale estimate is over $100 million. That would exceed the current artist record of nearly $71 million. It's one of Modigliani's best-known works. It was among a series of female nudes created for his friend and dealer Leopold Zborowski (sbuh-ROH'-skee). They created a public outcry at Modigliani's first and only one-man show, at a Paris gallery. It's been exhibited at major museums worldwide, inclu

  • 'Slave Trade' video game altered after social media backlash

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An educational video game has been edited following a social media backlash over a scene depicting slaves being packed into a ship. The creators of "Playing History: Slave Trade" removed a level Monday which featured black slave characters being dropped into a ship similar to the video game "Tetris." "Apologies to people who were offended by us using game mechanics to underline the point of how inhumane slavery was," read a statement posted on the game's page on Steam, an online store. "The goal was to enlighten and educate people — not to get sidetracked discussing a small 15-second part of the game.

  • Egypt sentences 2 women to 6 months for racy music videos

    Yesterday

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced two women to six months in prison with labor for "inciting debauchery" in racy music videos. The court says Thursday that the two singers, known as Bardis and Shakira, promoted indecency in their videos. Neither of the two videos contains nudity. Along with the singers, they include other women dancing in revealing clothing. Bardis' video, entitled "Hard to Get," was viewed more than two million times on Youtube. Shakira's video, called "Cumin," was viewed nearly three million times. In June, an Egyptian court sentenced three people to prison terms for a racy video titled "Hands Off," also for "inciting debauchery.

  • Broadway season features Jennifer Hudson and Bruce Willis

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new Broadway season hasn't yet started in earnest and already there's a front-runner for the Tony Awards next summer — "Hamilton." But there are plenty of challengers hoping to steal its thunder over the next few months. Here's a look at some highlights of the 2015-16 fall season: BROADWAY'S DREAMGIRL Jennifer Hudson and Broadway are a match made in musical heaven and the two finally will be together in the revival of "The Color Purple." Hudson, the "American Idol" finalist who won an Oscar for "Dreamgirls," has flirted with Broadway for a number of years and made theatergoers salivate when she sang "Finding Neverland" at the Tony Award telecast in 2014. Finally, she's ours. (Opens Dec. 10).

  • Major Lazer, The Weeknd have Spotify's top summer songs

    Yesterday

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Spotify has named EDM act Major Lazer's "Lean On" as the global song of the summer. The thumping, bass-heavy song featuring MØ and DJ Snake beat out Jamaican native OMI's "Cheerleader" and Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, which were the second and third most-streamed songs this summer respectively, according to statistics from the streaming music service on Thursday. For listeners in the United States, The Weeknd owned the summer "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills" taking the top two spots ahead of "Lean On," which came in third. Other artists who made Spotify's songs of the summer lists include Fetty Wap, Jason Derulo, Avicii, Kygo and Silento.

  • Mondrian show in Berlin traces artist's evolution of style

    Yesterday

    BERLIN (AP) — Abstract compositions of black lines and rectangles filled with red, blue and yellow highlight a new Piet Mondrian exhibition in Berlin. The show goes far beyond the Dutch artist's iconic works, tracing his stylistic development from the beginning with early works featuring idyllic nature scenes with windmills, willow trees and lawns. About 50 works from the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands are presented in chronological order to trace Mondrian's path from an art student at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam in the late 19th century to his rise to one of the most important artists of classical modernism. The exhibition "Piet Mondrian.

  • Chailly to step down early as Leipzig Gewandhaus conductor

    Yesterday

    BERLIN (AP) — Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra says that Riccardo Chailly will step down next year as its chief conductor, four years before his contract was due to expire. The orchestra said Thursday that the Italian will conduct his last concerts in Leipzig in June. It said that Chailly, who has been in charge since 2005, asked to leave early but didn't specify why. Chailly became the principal conductor of Milan's La Scala opera house this year and is due to become its musical director in 2017. He originally planned to keep his Leipzig commitments alongside his new duties in Milan. Last month, he was also appointed music director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Switzerland with a five-year contract. In that role

  • Australian police won't charge Mel Gibson over tirade claim

    Yesterday

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police do not intend to charge Mel Gibson over an allegation that the Oscar-winning director shoved and abused a newspaper photographer who snapped pictures of him and his new girlfriend in Sydney last month, officials said Thursday. The Daily Telegraph staff photographer Kristi Miller complained to police about the Aug. 23 altercation with Gibson, 59, after he and Rosalind Ross, 24, were photographed leaving an Israeli Film Festival screening of "Matti Caspi - Confession" at the Palace Verona Cinemas in inner-suburban Paddington. State police said in a statement that "the matter was ... investigated thoroughly." "At this stage, based on the evidence gathered, no formal action will be taken," New South

  • Polish fireman returns huge diamond ring to Paris Hilton

    Yesterday

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Paris Hilton got lucky in Poland. The 34-year-old socialite lost an enormous diamond-studded ring on an airport shuttle bus in the Polish city of Lodz last week. But she won't be parted from the jewel for long: an honest fireman who found it is returning it to her. Ewa Bienkowska, the airport spokeswoman, said Hilton lost the ring on Friday as she was leaving the city after taking part in a fashion event. Two days later a fireman who works at the airport found it on the floor of the bus. At first he assumed it belonged to a flight attendant, though none reported missing a ring. Soon after he noticed Hilton on TV wearing the ring and contacted the organizers of the fashion event.

  • Stephen Colbert one-ups Jeb Bush raffle with 1 of his own

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Score one for Stephen Colbert. Jeb Bush, a scheduled guest on Colbert's first night hosting CBS' "The Late Show" on Tuesday, recently sent a letter to potential supporters raffling off a "VIP ticket" to the taping in exchange for a $3 donation to his presidential campaign — a move a CBS entertainment spokesman said wasn't a coordinated tie-in with the show. So Colbert took things into his own hands: In a video posted Wednesday, he praised the contest as "a great idea." "But here's the thing," he said. "No one from Jeb's campaign asked me if this was OK with me to raise money off my first show.

  • Federal Sony data breach lawsuit settled, lawyer says

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was posted online last year after a massive data breach have reached a settlement in a proposed class action lawsuit, their attorneys said Wednesday. The settlement was announced in a filing in a federal lawsuit that was seeking class-action status on behalf of nearly 50,000 current and former Sony employees whose private personal, financial and medical information was posted online. The filing does not detail the settlement's terms or how many people would be covered under it. "We believe the proposed settlement is a favorable resolution of the claims asserted by the plaintiffs," attorney Daniel C. Girard wrote in the filing.

  • Dean Jones, boyish Disney star, dies at 84

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney's favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," has died of Parkinson's disease. He was 84. He died Monday in Los Angeles, Jones' publicist Richard Hoffman said Wednesday. Jones' long association with The Walt Disney Co. began after he received an unexpected call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the TV show "Ensign O'Toole," noting it had "some good closing sequences." Jones, himself a former Navy man, played the title role in the 1962 sitcom.

  • Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion'

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, "Concussion." The question surrounds just how hard-hitting is "Concussion," a film due out in December that dramatizes the forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who uncovered the fatal effects that repeated head trauma has had on many NFL players. After a New York Times report on Tuesday, based on leaked emails, that Sony blunted parts of the film to avoid upsetting the NFL, Sony fired back on Wednesday.

  • Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster with her name

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance. Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro this week over its plastic Harris Faulkner hamster, sold as part of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company's popular Littlest Pet Shop line. She says the toy wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, harms her professional credibility as a journalist and is an insult. "Hasbro's portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting," says the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. Faulkner has been at Fox News for a decade. She hosts the daytime show "Outnumbered" and anchors a Sunda

  • VENICE WATCH: Festival pays tribute to horror-meister Craven

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is adding a dose of horror to its high-toned lineup, in tribute to the late director Wes Craven. The festival will hold a free midnight screening of bloody 1984 classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street" Saturday to honor Craven, who died Sunday aged 76. It may seem far from the usual festival fare, but many directors and film fans have a high regard for Craven, who defined teen-slasher horror in the 1980s and then spoofed it a decade later in the "Scream" series. Festival director Alberto Barbera said Wednesday that Craven was "an auteur who has managed to innovate a genre — horror — which is among the most loved, particularly among the young." The 72nd Venice festival

  • US Rep. Michael McCaul writing book on homeland security

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, has a book deal. McCaul's "Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland — and How to Thwart Them" will be published Jan. 12 by Crown Forum, the publisher told The Associated Press on Wednesday. According to Crown Forum, a conservative imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, McCaul will present a "compelling and action-packed narrative" of possible terrorist attacks and how they can be prevented. In a statement released through Crown, McCaul says the "greatest threat to America's homeland is a failure to imagine the worst-case scenarios." The 53-year-old McCaul was first elected to Congre

  • Clooney, Bush and Biden among Stephen Colbert's first guests

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly nine months after exiting Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert returns Tuesday as host of CBS' "The Late Show," airing nightly at 11:35 p.m. EDT. Here is his first week's guest list: Tuesday: George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Wednesday: Scarlett Johansson and SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, with Kendrick Lamar performing and being interviewed. Thursday: Vice President Joe Biden and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, with musical guest Toby Keith. Friday: Amy Schumer and author Stephen King, with Troubled Waters performing and being interviewed.

  • Unmasked, Stephen Colbert debuts Tuesday hosting 'Late Show'

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is about to turn a corner in his career: onto Broadway at 54th Street. Having split from cheeky Comedy Central a few blocks away, he will now hold court at old-guard CBS. He will inherit the theater, time slot and series title (though with an added "The") owned for 22 years by David Letterman.

  • Pop culture: Mike Tyson added to Wizard World Tulsa guest list

    BY JIMMIE TRAMEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A new guest will add punch to the celebrity lineup for a Wizard World Tulsa pop culture convention, scheduled Oct. 23-25 at Cox Business Center. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has committed to multiple Wizard World tour stops, including Tulsa. Tyson is scheduled to appear only on Saturday, Oct. 24 in Tulsa. Admission tickets – including Mike Tyson VIP experience tickets – are available at  wizardworld.com . Tyson joins a guest list which has celebrities from all across the pop culture spectrum, including wrestling star The Undertaker, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil and “The Walking Dead” actors Norman Reedus, Alexandra Breckenridge and Sonequa Martin-Green.




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